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Hoppy Feet - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,152 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,152
Reviews: 384
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 59
Gots: 129 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jlindros on 12-26-2009)
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Photo of RexlySnipes
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%

Just had this beer i poured the bottle into a pint glass.

A: The beer was very dark brown almost black in color with about a finger of head. and alot of lace left afterward.

S: I got alot of hops and malt on the nose. The hops are just out there in your face and make a statement.

T: Of the bat i got punched in the mouth with the Amarillo and Columbus hops followed by a malty finish that was so smooth it was very good.

O: This beer was very good i think personally i really liked it it lacked a little bit in the flavor profile but in the in i would defiantly try more beers from this brewery.

RexlySnipes, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of shand
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Sierra Nevada Hop Tulip.

Boom goes the dynamite! This brew pours a very deep brown color with an impossibly huge head that retains and laces incredibly well. The aroma is awesome, it kinda smells like my hand after a beer festival. Plenty of hops, and plenty of deep roastiness. The taste doesn't quite live up to expectations, but is still pretty good. It's got a decent amount of hops, I can tell this right from the start. However, they don't quite assert themselves like I'd want from a Black IPA. They're perfectly content to fade into the background while a slightly thin roastiness and chocolate component comes into play. It's a shame, I was really expecting to rate this phenomenally from the appearance and smell. It's still a good brew, but it won't knock your socks off.

The mouthfeel feels a little bit thin and overcarbonated, but it's not overly distracting. The drinkability is fairly good. Overall, I'm a bit disappointed by this beer. It's a good beer that looks and smells phenomenal. I'd give it a shot for sure, but I wasn't blown away. I guess that's what having a great nose that isn't quite echoed by the taste will do though. Don't get me wrong, I liked this beer. However, it's just so close to greatness that it hurts.

shand, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of Nugganooch
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%

Notes from 09/06/11
Bomber to pint

A: Hoppy Feet pours jet black with a dark ruddy brown edge to it. Massive mocha frappe head formed with great staying power and scattered waves of lacing down the glass.

S: Aromas are rich with coffee bean and roasty grains. Smoky even. A slightly burnt toffee nuttiness and some citrus peels.

T: Rich nutty smoky grains. Roasted coffee beans. Some chocolate. Intense bitters that are citrus & pine and really hit you in the jowels. Slight astringency from it all coming together like a burnt earth acridness. Some alcohol. Dry crispy finish. More like a hoppy stout.

M: Med-low body with a rather smooth creamy texture, decent carbonation, and light dry finish.

D: Interesting brew that I can possibly see offending certain palates. Def more on the side of a smoky stout or porter.
Borderline completely out of whack with a burnt hops effect but they make it work with a smooth creamy drink that is still quite hoppy and enjoyable.

Big shout to Charliedvrs - Glad to have tried and a want of mine.

Nugganooch, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of TenHornsProud
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%

Pours opaque black with a big, tan head.

Smells of pine, dank, and citrus hops. It has an excellent hop nose.

Taste is up-front hop, pine and citrus mixing nicely here, then a slightly roasted character comes in and finishes with an odd chalky character.

Medium bodies and really smooth. It goes down easy.

All indications were that this was going to be great, but the taste just does not live up to the small, look, and feel of the beer.

TenHornsProud, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of tbeckett
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Bottle from the Potsdam IGA.

A - Beautiful pour into my Tripel Karmeliet glass. Three finger chocolate milk head. Black body with good carbonation coming up. Good rings of lacing with an island of that head remaining.

S - Heaps of chocolate, very little citrus, roasted malts, nuttiness, and pine as well.

T - More nutty and chocolate notes with alot more pine than citrus. Some coffee is there too. The flavour starts with coffee and chocolate and moves to the hop notes in the finish, making this seem very structured and not just a thrown together beer. Nice.

M - Good carbonation to moves things about and a slightly creamy medium body with a decent bitter bite.

O/D - A quality Black IPA. The more popular this style has become, the less I've actually enjoyed trying different versions of it. The novelty has definately worn off. That said, I still liked this for its complexity and balance. Drinks like a hopped to hell stout. Good.

tbeckett, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of kawilliams81
3.9/5  rDev +1%

Served in a pint glass.

A- Very dark brown, near black with huge beige head and a ton of lacing.

S- Sweet roasted malts, citrus, and pine.

T- Roasted malts, lots of bitter pine hops come through in the middle.

M- Medium bodied, but a little thin for me. Fairly easy to drink and lighter carbonation.

O- Very solid black IPA. Like the Hoppy Feet 1.5 a lot more, but this is a decent substitute.

kawilliams81, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of beagle75
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured from a bomber into a nonic pint glass.

A: Clear, dark garnet color with two fingers of diminishing mocha-tinted foam head. Very thick lacing remains, nearly continuous and with obvious relief.

S: Mild wood smoke is immediately evident, followed by milk chocolate and aggressive piney hops.

T: Begins off-dry, with refined roasted malt and hop aromatics that capture the pine from the smell as well as additional layers of artificial menthol or floor cleaner. Acidity is mild and evasive, respecting the roast. Fresh coffee is strong in the middle, also with some molasses joining, but influenced perhaps most heavily by the pungent Columbus hops. The middle is bitter and acrid, though not offensive, remaining hoppy and roasty to the end.

M: Thin to medium viscosity; simultaneously wet, slightly sticky, and even creamy; with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Despite the aggressive Columbus hop presence here, this is a remarkable black IPA. I didn't want to like this beer from a poorly-named brewery that seemed over-hyped since the first mention of it. Now, this beer has convinced me that Clown Shoes is only a slightly worse name for a brewery than The Bruery.

beagle75, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
3.63/5  rDev -6%

Poured from the bottle into a tumbler. A soupy but very large gushing and clumpy head of light tan is formed. Body is fair chestnut and red.

Nose is ripped dark grain and husky with light coffee, smells more like a porter but tasty.

Taste is over carbonated wit a real burnt grain. Very dry roast and a mild gas. Roast roast and more roast. Extreme tasting char and burnt. Mild bitter hop on the finish as well.

Overall an interesting beer, but not what I look for in this style.

smakawhat, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%

Thanks for sending this one, Jeff.

A: The beer pours black with a rocky tan head head and some nice lacing:

S: the nose is mostly just roasted malts with Some piney and herbal hop notes. There's a bit of citrus peel aroma and a mild tropical fruit character.

T: The flavor is quite bitter from the combination of roasted malt and piney hops. Decently herbal with some citrus peel flavors, too. Slightly chalky with hints of fruits.

M: Medium bodied with a medium to high carbonation.

O: Too much roasted malt without enough hop flavor or aroma to it.

womencantsail, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of HardTarget
3.55/5  rDev -8%

Bottled 8/11 (sampled 9/1/11).

Appearance: Black glass shows some clarity at the edges and holds a tan head that laces in heavy clumps.

Smell: Some hops, not outrageous but there. Some roasted malt and a clean yeast smell I'm starting to associate with Clown Shoes. I want to say it's Chico yeast from Sierra Nevada, very neutral, bland even.

Taste: Roasty, probably too much so for the fledgling Black Ale (Black IPA on the label, Cascadian Ale, whatever) style, leaves it more stout like. Again, hops are here but not assertive, more in the finish with a long bitterness rather than a fresh cone taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium heavy body, oily finish, lower carbonation level.

Overall: A pretty tasty beer, my pick of the litter of the Clown Shoes that have made it to Texas. I would put this into the American Stout category myself as it doesn't come with the hops I expect of an IPA, black or otherwise. It's the first Clown Shoes I could see getting another bottle of.

HardTarget, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of TheGordianKnot
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Nice beer received from lnashsig. Poured into globe tulip...

A- Blackish brown, two fingers of a light brown head. Not incredible lacing, but a few clumps stick to the glass here or there.

S- Very tart. Not fully infected, but its on the verge? Reminds me of that damn chalky pacman yeast, made famous by Rogue.

T/M- Fairly dull and character-less bitterness. Its there, but its just there; doesn't seem to contribute much to the flavor posdible as a whole. Again, chalky. Slight roast, with a grassy and floral hop offering. Body is exactly what you'd expect- medium, slightly acidic, well carbonated.

O- It was ok... Not great, not bad... Just an ok beer. Wouldn't give another go I think. Didn't have any substantial differentiating factor. I was looking forward to trying Clown Shoes, bit of a let down... Maybe Eagle Claw Fist will change my mind

TheGordianKnot, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of Lerxst
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%

A-Pours black with a nice two finger beige head that has good retention and leaves ample amounts of sticky lace.

S-Pleasant citrus and pine hop notes are most prominent but there is a noticeable roasty maltiness going on too as well as hints of chocolate. The nose isn't overly aggressive, but it is very pleasant.

T-The citrus and pine hops from the nose bite first and they aren't shy. Nice bitter bite to lead off. A slightly charred malt comes in the middle and lingers along with the hops with hints of chocolate peeking through timidly. All the flavors work together to make this a very pleasing beer to drink.

M-Medium body with a slightly prickly carbonation that works well with this beer. Dry finish.

O-I really enjoyed this one. One of the better I've had in the style.

Lerxst, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

Had a pint of this on tap. Poured a really nice dark color, almost pitch black with a nice one finger head that dissipated fairly quickly to a thin film. Good head retention.
The aroma was oh so hoppy, tickled all the hop senses. Faint notes of malt in between all of the hoppy goodness.
Similar to the aroma, this was a very nice and controlled hop assault on the palate. The bitterness is just about perfect and this also surprisingly feels almost like a full-bodied ale.
This is a very delicious brew to say the least. I'm glad that I gave it a try. It was a fresh keg, and I am keen to have this from a bottle to see if the bottle compares anywhere to a nice fresh keg.
Definitely worth a try and is highly recommended, especially if you are a hop-head.

CaptDavyJones, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of Mosley1212
3.55/5  rDev -8%

My first offering from Clown Shoes. Poured from the bottle into my DFH Snifter.

A--Poured a near pitch-black color with a brown head. It was foamy and very large because of the aggressive pour. Lot of sticky retention on the glass.

S--Hop forward. But the hops are soon displaced by the malty, porter-like qualities of the beer. Espresso and chocolate are heavy. A bit of caramel and heavy malts.

T--Burnt coffee, dark chocolate, hops, and malts. This is a cornucopia of beer styles. It has the IPA bitterness, but a porter chocolate, creaminess on the backend. Very strange brew.

M--Medium-bodied. Bitterness of the hops is replaced by the sweetness of the malt, but then comes the coffee/dark chocolate bittersweet flavor. The taste lingers in the mouth for a long time.

O--I love IPAs, but so far Black IPAs have not been that good for me. I think it has too much porter-quality for me. This was a very strong, hopped beer, though.

Mosley1212, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

Big on resiny bitterness and roasted grain character, this malty-rich hoppy ale is both robust and dry at once.

The appearance brings a dark brown, maybe black hue with moderate but expected dry-hopped haze. A densely packed ivory white head overlays the beer and holds very firm thereafter with sheets and rings of lace left behind. A very handsome beer!

The hops and grain dichotomy dictate aromas with the varying scents of white grapefruit, charred grains, orange peel, heavy toast, pine resin, coffee, and cocoa all take turns making an impression on the nose. Both savory and refreshing scents continue their march into flavor, but with a roasty phenolic scent that makes me hit the brakes just a bit.

Flavors follow suit with malty-rich elements making a big impact early with malted chocolate, coffee, charred woods, and burnt toffee. But the initial hearty sweetness is short lived as the rebuttal of citrusy grapefruit and orange pith usher in a more refreshing and zesty taste. Backed with complementary notes of grasses, bark, and spruce all work their way into a resiny, sappy bitterness in finish that just edges out the malt character. Only the phenolic and plastic taste accompanies the dry roast and hop bitterness late- a minor flaw, but certainly a distraction to the otherwise clean finish.

Robust with a voluminous carbonated expansion early, the beer envelops the mouth with malty richness and arid roast. The fuller body lingers just past mid palate where the carbonation and malt density waivers and the hop bitter dryness takes hold and aids the transition into a resiny bite and semi-dry roasty finish.

A tasty beer that settles on the line where drier American Porters meet IPAs. But with that plastic-like roasty astringent mix late, it just can't earn higher marks.

BEERchitect, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of bonkers
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

I poured from a bomber into a SA perfect pint. The pour is jet black, big white rock hard head. The lacing is impressive. The aroma is sweet pine, grapefruit. The beer has bitter pine, grapefruit, lots of dark malt notes. The body is medium, full of carbonation, thick mouthfeel. I liked this one, a tasty black IPA.

bonkers, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of hooliganlife
3.9/5  rDev +1%

bottled on feb 2011

pour was a dark black, cola like. massive head. this thing was actually annoying as there was so much head that took ages to dissipate.

nice citrus hoppy scent with a bit of roasted malt.

for being as old as it was, the citrus hops were still plenty strong. lots of citrus bitterness. a bit of roasted malt and ashes that brought out the dryness

mild carbonation and a moderate body. a bit of dryness.

besides the ever lasting head, this was pretty good.

hooliganlife, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Had this at the Great Lost Bear in Portland, ME

I suspect this is their best beer at Clown Shoes. But of course I don't know that, this is my first one. If they're all this good, then this is quite the brewery.

Pours...well, black. Not thick, there are some hints of ruby and mahogany. 1 finger white head. Looks good. Delishhh

Somewhat chaotic aroma. Sometimes the roasted malt comes out, sometimes the piney hops. It's a nice blend whatever comes forth.

Dark, toasted bread backbone. Some chocolate and molasses. But the hops dominate here. Pine and earthy, some zesty spice, but mostly the 'robust' hops. Bitter? Yeups. Nice. It sorta depends on what you're thinking about that determines which flavors come out more; malt, some smoke, chocolate, pine, raisin, leather, and/or zest. me like

Mebuzzard, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of kingcrowing
2.53/5  rDev -34.5%

22oz bomber poured into a sampling glass.

Pours a dark brown with hints of dark ruby, a small business town head. Nose is a bit off, it's malty and a bit astringent and just not exciting.

The taste has an iron flavor along with some light astringency, there is a light hop bite on the finish. The Mouthfeel is fairly thick and rich but it's just not an impressive beer.

kingcrowing, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of PDXHops
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

Bomber poured into a shaker pint. We're about 5 weeks past the bottling date. Body is appropriately dark, but the head goes above and beyod. It explodes upwards in the glass into a huge frothy and foamy tan cap, eventually settling into a thick uneven layer. Great retention and crazy lacing all around.

Certainly smells like no expense was spared on hops. Some background roast, but the chief aromas are pine, grapefruit, orange, lemon zest and mint. Intensely hoppy; if you want your palate whooped, look no further. Scathing bitterness is enhanced by a sticky drying finish. Grapefruit has pushed aside the gentler citrus. Just a touch of devil's food cake sweetness. A minor complaint is that the roast is almost entirely overpowered by the hops, but major props to Clown Shoes for this brew, a rare east coast hop bomb.

PDXHops, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of yemenmocha
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%

Pours black, tan head, nice sexy body with nothing clumsy about it. Nose is quite nice with dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and some minty pine. Wonder if Caribou Coffee makes a latte like this... anyway, on the palate this beer offers bitterness up front right away, more pine, and then the coffee character immediately casts its shadow over the entire tasting experience. Finish is bitter chocolatey.

yemenmocha, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of ottovon
4/5  rDev +3.6%

A: dark brown almost black, with a brown head. the head fell and left some lacing down the glass.

S: nice aroma. i get a lot of citrus and piney hops up front, and then it leads the way to roasted malt and dark chocolate. i get hints of coffee, smoke, and burnt sugar as well.

T: just like the aroma. starts out with some citrus hops, then dark chocolate and cocoa powder, smoke, roasted malt, coffee, toffee, and then piney, resinous hops. starts out with alomst a hint of sweetness and then finishes quite bitter. i get bitterness from the both the roasted malt and the hops.

M: medium-thin body with good amounts of carb. you can feel the carbonation run across your tongue.

O: i really enjoy this beer. the flavors meld pretty well, and finishes with quite bitter.

ottovon, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of bashiba
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

Poured a deep dark brown/black with a nice off white head, good retention and lacing.

The smell was a great mix of Burnt black malts, smoke, and fresh west coast hops.

The flavor was a great blend of dark smokey and burnt black with a long pine and juniper hop flavors accentuated nicely by citrus notes and a touch of chocolate.

The mouthfeel was nice and thick with a good bit of hop oilyness.

I really like this overall, a nice blend of the black flavors and the hop flavors. To many beers of this style tend to be underwhelming on the black and smokey flavors and be to hop dominant, not this one a great balance of both.

bashiba, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of mdcrouser
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%

I'm at my parents house for a week of vacation and their only pint glasses are Guinness labeled - this beer is colored to fit the glass.

Deep brown, maybe as dark as any beer of this style. What started as nearly an inch of tan head bubbles down to leave only thick lace behind.

Chocolate, coffee, toffee and piney hops jump out of the pint, quickly filling your nose.

Big time pine in the mouth, long-lasting and hanging onto the tongue. It's got a great deal of strong dark chocolate as well - almost like cooking chocolate, holding fast on the tongue and wedging its way to the back of the throat.

Mildy abrasive on the tongue, slightly burning from a high level of carbonation.

That's an incredibly complex beer, with huge flavor, but one that is remarkably balanced. What a beer - easy to drink and pleasing for hop-heads and malt lovers alike.

mdcrouser, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of elephantrider
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%

A: Deep black. Fluffy tan head

S: Hoppy and roasty. The fight between the hops and the roast was a draw as this is pretty well balanced

T: Very Good. I personally like Black IPAs alot and this one did not disappoint. A little bit of charcoal flavor with a nice hoppy bite.

T: medium bodied

O: I could drink this alot if only it was available in Michigan

elephantrider, Aug 12, 2011
Hoppy Feet from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 1,152 ratings.